SEMINOLE, Fla. (FOX 13) - Hundreds of Seminole neighbors are speaking up against a developer’s plans to buy a golf course in their community and replace it with more houses.
The 150-acre Bardmoor Golf Course is up for sale to Wheelock Communities and Gentry Land. However, the sale isn’t final, and the land would have to go through a zoning change from Pinellas County.
People who live among the tranquil views are already gearing up for a fight.
“My business is about a quarter of the mile up the street. It’s the perfect place to raise a family. I have three kids,” said homeowner Alex Ross. “It’s traumatic. It really shakes you greatly because you’ve invested so much in your property, and it’s not a change that we want.”
Kyle Parks, a spokesperson for the developers, said the owner of the golf course knew the developers, so they started talking about selling and having the land redeveloped into something else.
“The decision to go away from the golf course is tied to there’s declining uses around the country,” said Parks.
Early renderings show a mix of housing options, new neighborhood amenities and possibly retail.
“So the concern about lowered property values is certainly something anybody would worry about, but we believe that there’s comparable housing of a similar type and price range that would not hurt property values,” said Parks.
Stacey Pitts told FOX 13 that does not sit well with her because she closes on a house right on the course in two weeks.
“We’ve worked a lifetime to be able to buy this house, and the entire backyard is nothing but a golf course. Imagine what that’s going to look like if there’s condo behind there,” said Pitts.
Developers said they want to do what can make the community better, but neighbors said they want Bardmoor to stay as it is.
“I don’t even live in this community yet, but I still feel so passionate that we have to stop this,” said Pitts. “We have to all speak out about this because it’s not just Bardmoor. It’s our communities, and we’re losing these green spaces.”
Developers said they understand neighbors want to keep the golf course, but they want the community’s help in considering other options. Developers plan to have their second meeting with neighbors on March 14.